Occupational Employment Statistics


29-1122 Occupational Therapists

Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that help build or restore vocational, homemaking, and daily living skills, as well as general independence, to persons with disabilities or developmental delays.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southeast Minnesota 370135$35.26/hr$25.96/hr$29.73/hr$34.89/hr$39.28/hr$47.25/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business ServicesN/A$30.92/hr
Education and Health Services2,930$36.69/hr
Public Administration60$39.22/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/A$35.76/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 20$39.49/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 80$36.27/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 90$35.71/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 100$34.80/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 120$35.43/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 120$38.14/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 130$35.84/hr7.2%
Southeast Balance of State 140$33.13/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 160$35.90/hr1.2%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 190$34.69/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 190$36.77/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 270$35.96/hr-6.4%
Central Minnesota 280$38.38/hr17.0%
Southeast Minnesota 370$34.89/hr7.9%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,840$36.86/hr14.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,980$36.90/hrN/A
Minnesota 3,020$36.66/hr11.0%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Physical Therapists 4,670$41.10/hr17.8%
Nurse Midwives 220$56.79/hr15.1%
Recreational Therapists 410$27.98/hr12.9%
Occupational Therapy Assistants 690$25.26/hr19.2%
Nurse Practitioners 3,970$57.81/hr27.8%
Athletic Trainers 720$51,386.66/yr20.5%
Physician Assistants 2,360$57.46/hr30.9%
Exercise Physiologists 250$28.20/hr10.6%
Physical Therapist Assistants 1,590$27.50/hr18.6%

  • Complete and maintain necessary records.
  • Write reports or complete forms to document assessments, training, progress, or follow-up outcomes.
  • Recommend changes in patients' work or living environments, consistent with their needs and capabilities.
  • Teach cane skills, including cane use with a guide, diagonal techniques, and two-point touches.
  • Train clients to use tactile, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory, and propioceptive information.
  • Consult with rehabilitation team to select activity programs or coordinate occupational therapy with other therapeutic activities.
  • Test and evaluate patients' physical and mental abilities and analyze medical data to determine realistic rehabilitation goals for patients.
  • Teach clients to travel independently, using a variety of actual or simulated travel situations or exercises.
  • Select activities that will help individuals learn work and life-management skills within limits of their mental or physical capabilities.
  • Assess clients' functioning in areas such as vision, orientation and mobility skills, social and emotional issues, cognition, physical abilities, and personal goals.